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From Latin torpere (to be torpid) + -fy.


torpify (third-person singular simple present torpifies, present participle torpifying, simple past and past participle torpified)

  1. (transitive) To make torpid; to benumb.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for torpify in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)